How it all started
Finding a place to begin and end is virtually impossible with a family such as the Crippens. So much research has been done and redone and redone, that it seems the genealogy on this family will never be finished. But perhaps that is good. The continuing interest of descendants and researchers can only lead to a more credible genealogy to pass along to our own grandchildren.
We began our organization in 1993. At that time there were about 10 active researchers who were anxious to share their research with others interested in their line. So I started publishing the "Crippen-Crippen Family Journal" as a way to enhance our research efforts and try to bring more families into our endeavor. We collected addresses for all of the Crippen and Crippin families households in the United States - at that time this was about 700. We mailed the first issue of the Journal to each home. From this initial effort our membership grew to over 200 families.
If your last name is Crippen, Crippin, Grippen or Grippin, chances are excellent that you are also a member of this family. There do seem to be a few immigrants in the 18th and 19th century but we don't have too much information on these lines. As well there is another line (at least we assume it's another line) that settled in Accomack County, Virginia. We have some records on these families as well.
Due to some personal situations, I have been unable to publish the newsletter in recent years. When I started this endeavor, I was a stay-at-home wife and mom with plenty of time to work on genealogy and assist others with theirs. Well, I don't think any of us dreamed the group would ever grow to the extent it has (I sure didn't!). But since I am working full time, I don't have the ability, right now, to give it the devotion it deserves.
I will always keep our Crippen Family Research Web Site. [I still LOVE genealogy!] And I would hate to lose all of the work we have all put our hearts and souls into over the years. I am happy to add to it as material is available. If you would like to contribute research data, it would be most welcome. This site is yours to use as you wish and I hope that it will enhance your research or at least make your quest a tad bit easier.
If you have any questions, please email Donna
How to obtain copies of the back issues
I am in the process of preparing the back issues of
the family newsletter into electronic PDF format. What I hadn't anticipated
was that I would need to re-scan all of the photographs that were
used in all the issues. So this process is taking a lot longer than
I thought it would. If you would like to be contacted when they are
ready please send me an email using the link at the bottom of this
page or fill out this form and mail it to me and I will let you know
as soon as they are done. If you'd like to see a list of the major
articles that appeared in these
Please mail to:
Webmaster: Donna Younkin Logan
Snail Mail: PO BOX 252, Walkersville, MD 21793
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